Monday, April 13, 2009
Helmut Thielicke on the Church and the (Christian) Academy
"[T]he church has the prior right to question us, even if it does not and cannot understand the details of our work; for we are pursuing our theological study in its very midst as surely as we are members of that church. Therefore these questions, even if they lack in detail some of the definite theological concerns that we entertain, may be highly relevant and constitute a fire through which we must always march. Ultimately these questions always have in mind our Christian life behind our theological reflections. They are therefore questions about our soundness in the faith. The church is our pastor." - Helmut Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962), 25-26.